Promising Jobs on the U.S. Postal Service, ‘US Job Companies’ Leaks Buyer Knowledge – Krebs on Safety

A sprawling on-line firm based mostly in Georgia that has made tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} purporting to promote entry to jobs on the United States Postal Service (USPS) has uncovered its inside IT operations and database of practically 900,000 prospects. The leaked information point out the community’s chief know-how officer in Pakistan has been hacked for the previous yr, and that all the operation was created by the principals of a Tennessee-based telemarketing agency that has promoted USPS employment web sites since 2016.

The web site FederalJobsCenter guarantees to get you a job on the USPS in 30 days or your a refund.

KrebsOnSecurity was lately contacted by a safety researcher who mentioned he discovered an enormous tranche of full bank card information uncovered on-line, and that at the beginning look the domains concerned seemed to be affiliated with the USPS.

Additional investigation revealed a long-running worldwide operation that has been emailing and textual content messaging individuals for years to enroll at a slew of internet sites that every one promise they can assist guests safe employment on the USPS.

Websites like FederalJobsCenter[.]com additionally present up prominently in Google search outcomes for USPS employment, and steer candidates towards making bank card “registration deposits” to make sure that one’s utility for employment is reviewed. These websites additionally promote coaching, supposedly to assist ace an interview with USPS human sources.

FederalJobsCenter’s web site is filled with content material that makes it seem the positioning is affiliated with the USPS, though its “phrases and circumstances” state that it’s not. Somewhat, the phrases state that FederalJobsCenter is affiliated with an entity referred to as US Job Companies, which says it’s based mostly in Lawrenceville, Ga.

“US Job Companies gives steering, teaching, and dwell help to postal job candidates to assist them carry out higher in every of the steps,” the web site explains.

The location says candidates must make a bank card deposit to register, and that this quantity is refundable if the applicant is just not supplied a USPS job inside 30 days after the interview course of.

However a assessment of the public feedback on US Job Companies and dozens of comparable names linked to this entity over time reveals a sample of exercise: Candidates pay between $39.99 and $100 for USPS job teaching providers, and obtain little if something in return. Some reported being charged the identical quantity month-to-month.

The U.S. Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) has sued a number of occasions over time to disrupt varied schemes providing to assist individuals get jobs on the Postal Service. Approach again in 1998, the FTC and the USPS took action in opposition to a number of organizations that had been promoting take a look at or interview preparation providers for potential USPS workers.

“Firms promising jobs with the U.S. Postal Service are breaking federal legislation,” the joint USPS-FTC assertion mentioned.

In that 1998 case, the defendants behind the scheme had been taking out categorized adverts in newspapers. Ditto for a case the FTC brought in 2005. By 2008, the USPS job examination preppers had shifted to promoting their schemes mostly online. And in 2013, the FTC received a nearly $5 million judgment in opposition to a Kentucky firm purporting to supply such providers.

Tim McKinlay authored a report final yr at on whether or not the US Job Companies web site job-postal[.]com was reputable or a rip-off. He concluded it was a rip-off based mostly on a number of components, together with that the web site listed a number of different names (suggesting it had lately switched names), and that he acquired nothing from the transaction with the job web site.

“They freely admit they’re not affiliated with the US Postal Service, however declare to be consultants within the subject, and that, simply by following the steps on their web site, you simply cross the postal exams and get a job very quickly,” McKinlay wrote. “However it’s actually only a smoke and mirrors recreation. The location’s true function is to gather $46.95 from as many individuals as attainable. And contemplating how well-liked this job is, they’re most likely making a killing.”


KrebsOnSecurity was alerted to the info publicity by Patrick Barry, chief info officer at Charlotte, NC based mostly Rebyc Security. Barry mentioned he discovered that not solely was US Job Companies leaking its buyer cost information in real-time and going again to 2016, however its web site additionally leaked a log file from 2019 containing the positioning administrator’s contact info and credentials to the positioning’s back-end database.

Barry shared screenshots of that back-end database, which present the e-mail deal with for the administrator of US Job Companies is [email protected]. In line with cyber intelligence platform Constella Intelligence, that e-mail deal with is tied to the LinkedIn profile for a developer in Karachi, Pakistan named Muhammed Tabish Mirza.

A search on [email protected] at reveals that e-mail deal with was used to register a number of USPS-themed domains, together with postal2017[.]com, postaljobscenter[.]com and usps-jobs[.]com.

Mr. Mirza declined to reply to questions, however the uncovered database info was faraway from the Web virtually instantly after KrebsOnSecurity shared the offending hyperlinks.

A “Campaigns” tab on that net panel listed a number of promoting initiatives tied to US Job Companies web sites, with names like “walmart drip marketing campaign,” “hiring exercise on account of virus,” “opt-in job alert SMS,” and “postal job opening.”

One other web page on the US Job Companies panel included a script for upselling individuals who name in response to e-mail and textual content message solicitations, with an add-on program that usually sells for $1,200 however is being “virtually given away” for a restricted time, for simply $49.

An upselling tutorial for name middle workers.

“There’s one thing else we now have you possibly can benefit from that may show you how to earn more money,” the script volunteers. “It’s a straightforward to make use of 12-month profession improvement plan and program to observe that may end in you getting any job you need, not simply on the put up workplace….anyplace…after which getting promoted quickly.”

It’s dangerous sufficient that US Job Companies was leaking buyer information: Constella Intelligence says the e-mail deal with tied to Mr. Mirza reveals up in additional than a yr’s price of “bot logs” created by a malware an infection from the Redline infostealer.

Constella stories that for roughly a yr between 2021 and 2022, a Microsoft Home windows system commonly utilized by Mr. Mirza and his colleagues was actively importing the entire system’s usernames, passwords and authentication cookies to cybercriminals based mostly in Russia.


The online-based backend for US Job Companies lists greater than 160 individuals beneath its “Customers & Groups” tab. This web page signifies that entry to the patron and cost information collected by US Job Companies is presently granted to a number of different coders who work with Mr. Mirza in Pakistan, and to a number of executives, contractors and workers working for a name middle in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The decision middle — which operates as Nextlevelsupportcenters[.]com and thenextlevelsupport[.]com — curiously has a number of key associates with a historical past of registering USPS jobs-related domains.

The US Job Companies web site has greater than 160 customers, together with many of the workers at Subsequent Degree Assist.

The web site for NextLevelSupport says it was based in 2017 by a Gary Plott, whose LinkedIn profile describes him as a seasoned telecommunications business professional. The leaked backend database for US Job Companies says Plott is a present administrator on the system, together with a number of different Nextlevel founders listed on the corporate’s web site.

Reached by way of phone, Plott initially mentioned his firm was merely a “white label” name middle that a number of purchasers use to work together with prospects, and that the content material their name middle is liable for promoting on behalf of US Job Companies was not produced by NextLevelSupport.

“A couple of years in the past, we began offering assist for this postal product,” Plott mentioned. “We didn’t develop the content material however agreed we’d assist it.”

Apparently, DomainTools says the Gmail deal with utilized by Plott within the US Jobs system was additionally used to register a number of USPS job-related domains, together with postaljobssite[.]com, postalwebsite[.]com, usps-nlf[.]com, usps-nla[.]com.

Requested to reconcile this along with his earlier assertion, Plott mentioned he by no means did something with these websites however acknowledged that his firm did determine to deal with the US Postal jobs market from the very starting.

Plott mentioned his firm by no means refuses to subject a money-back request from a buyer, as a result of doing so would end in expensive chargebacks for NextLevel (and presumably for the various bank card service provider accounts apparently arrange by Mr. Mirza).

“We’ve by no means been misleading,” Plott mentioned, noting that prospects of the US Job Companies product obtain a digital obtain with tips about how you can deal with a USPS interview, in addition to limitless free phone assist in the event that they want it.

“We’ve by no means advised anybody we had been the US Postal Service,” Plott continued. “We be sure that individuals absolutely perceive that they aren’t required to purchase this product, however we expect we can assist you and we now have testimonials from individuals we now have helped. However in the end you because the buyer make that call.”

An e-mail deal with within the US Job Companies groups web page for an additional person — Stephanie Dayton — was used to register the domains postalhiringreview[.]com, and postalhiringreviewboard[.]org again in 2014. Reached for remark, Ms. Dayton mentioned she has offered help to Subsequent Degree Assist Facilities with their coaching and promoting, however by no means within the capability as an worker.

Maybe essentially the most central NextLevel affiliate who had entry to US Job Companies was Russell Ramage, a telemarketer from Warner Robins, Georgia. Ramage is listed in South Carolina incorporation records because the proprietor of a now-defunct name middle service referred to as Sensible Logistics, an organization whose title seems within the web site registration information for a number of early and long-running US Job Companies websites.

In line with the state of Georgia, Russell Ramage was the registered agent of a number of USPS job-themed corporations.

The leaked information present the e-mail deal with utilized by Ramage additionally registered a number of USPS jobs-related domains, together with postalhiringcenter[.]com, postalhiringreviews[.]com, postaljobs-email[.]com, and postaljobssupport1[.]com.

A assessment of enterprise incorporation information in Georgia point out Ramage was the registered agent for no less than three USPS-related corporations over time, together with Postal Profession Placement LLC, Postal Job Companies Inc., and Postal Operations Inc. All three corporations had been based in 2015, and are actually dissolved.

An obituary dated February 2023 says Russell Ramage lately passed away on the age of 41. No reason behind loss of life was said, however the obituary goes on to say that Russ “Rusty” Ramage was “preceded in loss of life by his mom, Anita Lord Ramage, pets, Raine and Nola and shut pals, Nicole Reeves and Ryan Rawls.”

In 2014, then 33-year-old Ryan “Jootgater” Rawls of Alpharetta, Georgia pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute managed substances. Rawls additionally grew up in Warner Robins, and was one among eight suspects charged with working a secret darknet narcotics ring referred to as the Farmer’s Market, which federal prosecutors mentioned trafficked in hundreds of thousands of {dollars} price of managed substances.

Reuters reported that an eighth suspect in that case had died by the point of Rawls’ 2014 responsible plea, though prosecutors declined to supply additional particulars about that. In line with his obituary, Ryan Christopher Rawls died on the age of 38 on Jan. 28, 2019.

In a touch upon Ramage’s memorial wall, Stephanie Dayton mentioned she started working with Ramage in 2006.

“Our friendship far surpassed a working one, we had a really shut bond and have become like brother and sister,” Dayton wrote. “I beloved Russ deeply and he was like household. He was actually top-of-the-line human beings I’ve ever recognized. He was sort and candy and actually cared about others. By no means met anybody like him. He will probably be actually missed. RIP brother.”

The FTC and USPS be aware that whereas candidates for a lot of entry-level postal jobs are required to take a free postal examination, the assessments are normally supplied solely each few years in any specific district, and there aren’t any job placement ensures based mostly on rating.

“If candidates cross the take a look at by scoring no less than 70 out of 100, they’re positioned on a register, ranked by their rating,” the FTC defined. “When a place turns into open, the native put up workplace appears to be like to the relevant register for that geographic location and calls the highest three candidates. The rating is just one of many standards taken into consideration for employment. The exams take a look at basic aptitude, one thing that can’t essentially be elevated by learning.”

The FTC says anybody all for a job on the USPS ought to inquire at their native postal workplace, the place candidates typically obtain a free packet of details about required exams. Extra details about job alternatives on the postal service is offered at the USPS’s careers website.

Michael Martel, spokesperson for the United States Postal Inspection Service, mentioned in a written assertion that the USPS has no affiliation with the web sites or corporations named on this story.

“To be taught extra about employment with USPS, go to,” Martel wrote. “In case you are the sufferer of against the law on-line report it to the FBI’s Web Crime Criticism Heart (IC3) at To report fraud dedicated by way of or towards the USPS, its workers, or prospects, report it to the USA Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) at”

In line with the leaked back-end server for US Job Companies, here’s a record of the present websites promoting this product: